portable

When we think about pianos and keyboards there is one thing that always comes to mind one way or the other, and that is size and a lack of portable capabilities.

When it comes to size, or even shape, this instruments are defnitely not the most comfortables to take with you anywhere.

That is why a great solution has come in the form of a portable keyboard, which is both very convenient and useful for people that are usually traveling or just moving instruments from one place to another very often, which is the undeniable fate of musicians.

Piano De Voyage had its debut at Namm in 2019 and received very good feedback. The idea behind this special keyboard is that it is a USB controller with all the qualities of a full sized keyboard but, with the useful fact that you can fold it and pack it wherever you want. It has a USB connection and sustain pedal socket. Right off the bat this is  an incredible idea for anyone who wants to keep playing without any concern of “where” and how.

Carry it Anywhere

Everyone that is devoted to their pianos and keyboards often finds dissapointment when having to play an instrument that isn’t theirs.

Everyone loves their own instruments and whit Piano de Voyage that is something that can be accomplished but is it reliable in terms of quality? Well it is, and it can give you the choice to bring up to 8 octaves in your backpack, which seems like a crazy idea.

Its creator Olivier, did not have to think about something too crazy to come up with the idea of the portable piano, it was just the desire to practice when being out on a vacation or a business trip.

Portable Quality

If you are worried about the quality of this new invention as a keyboard, there is no need to worry.

There is a great focus on quality when it comes to bringing a good sound, and overall experience with this portable instrument.

Before being a good portable keyboard, it has to be a good keyboard, and this one is indeed a very great choice, even if you had to take away its portable capabilities.

The components themselves come from China but the instrument is built in France, which could be a selling point for many people.

There is one aspect of this keyboard that is actually a very welcome thing, which is how little noisy the keys are.

It can be a little annoying when you’re playing a keyboard and you hear the keys making other sounds than the ones it should be making, this is very present when you decide to play with headphones, and you fail to keep your surroundings silent because of this.

Other than the key noise dampening, they feel great to play and it’s one of the most important aspects of a keyboard when you’re looking to buy.

Connectivity

Of course, it also has all that you would expect from an instrument these days, it can easily be connected through USB to your phone or your laptop.

This gives you access to different apps and DAWs to explore new sounds while traveling.

A Portable Future

Keep in mind that this is still a very new keyboard, and while it offers so much in its early stages, there is still so much to be done from this succesful start.

One of the things to be excited about is that while it works as a controller for now, the idea is that this year a new version will be released, and will feature a battery-powered sound.

It is certainly a step in the right direction when it comes to portability without dropping the level of quality.

Piano de Voyage is definitely an easier way to play anywhere anytime.

MTH Special Offer

Piano de Voyage offers four different options with different range of keys and prices.

25 keys pack: €419.00

49 keys pack: €629.00

73 keys pack: €839.00

97 keys pack: €1,049.00

And if you are interested, you can get 10% off as an MTH special offer.

Go to shop.pianodevoyage.com and don’t miss out on the coupon code: MTHRP10

Valid for orders shipping to only US or Canada and until January 31st 2021.

 

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Music has always been an important part of every human being, and in one way or another, people get to experience music and melodies in their lives. However one of the most important technological breakthroughs in history was the invention of portable music whiche meant, having music with you as if you were listening to your oun soundtrack. The feeling of being in a movie or making the simplest things in life more enjoyable was not a little thing for humanity.

The Sony Walkman

The real first big step towards portable music was the Sony Walkman which was released in 1979.

This moment in history was described in a Time article:

The Walkman wasn’t a giant leap forward in engineering: magnetic cassette technology had been around since 1963, when the Netherlands-based electronics firm Philips first created it for use by secretaries and journalists. Sony, who by that point had become experts in bringing well-designed, miniaturized electronics to market (they debuted their first transistor radio in 1955), made a series of moderately successful portable cassette recorders.

But the introduction of pre-recorded music tapes in the late 1960s opened a whole new market. People still chose to listen to vinyl records over cassettes at home, but the compact size of tapes made them more conducive to car stereos and mobility than vinyl or 8-tracks. On July 1, 1979, Sony Corp. introduced the Sony Walkman TPS-L2, a 14 ounce, blue-and-silver, portable cassette player with chunky buttons, headphones and a leather case. It even had a second earphone jack so that two people could listen in at once.

All the device needed now was a name. Originally the Walkman was introduced in the U.S. as the “Sound-About” and in the UK as the “Stowaway,” but coming up with new, uncopyrighted names in every country it was marketed in proved costly; Sony eventually decided on “Walkman” as a play on the Sony Pressman, a mono cassette recorder the first Walkman prototype was based on. First released in Japan, it was a massive hit: while Sony predicted it would only sell about 5,000 units a month, the Walkman sold upwards of 50,000 in the first two months. Sony wasn’t the first company to introduce portable audio: the first-ever portable transistor radio, the index card-sized Regency TR-1, debuted in 1954. But the Walkman’s unprecedented combination of portability (it ran on two AA batteries) and privacy (it featured a headphone jack but no external speaker) made it the ideal product for thousands of consumers looking for a compact portable stereo that they could take with them anywhere. The TPS-L2 was introduced in the U.S. in June 1980”.

In many ways the Sony Walkman remains to be one of the biggest revolutions in technology and music in history with its very small design and great audio quality. It was about having the music you wanted anywhere you wanted, and that was mindblowing.

CD players

Eventually, almost everyone moved to the CD format, but it was a bit uncomfortable in a way due to its size, but still, audio fidelity was better than casette tapes.

One step forward in every way but it’s portable capabillities, with the discman being the closest thing to, carry a music playr with you when it came to CDs.

MP3, ipod

While having a discman was technically the most up to date music player, it wasn’t as revolutionary or portable as the Sony Walkman.

This made the Walkman a very reliable device until mp3 players came into our lives.

It wasn’t until 1998 that the world’s first MP3 player, the MPMan F10, was developed by a South Korean company called SaeHan Information Systems. While it was a very groundbreaking first attempt, the idea of having a small device with your favorite songs in digital format, was not made popular until the release of the iPod which was in 2001.

In way, the mp3 player did all the same things the Sony Walkman did but now in digital format and with a lot more room for music. The iPod did all of this beautifully with a great interface and futuristic design.

Cellphones (Smartphones)

For a bit more than 10 years an mp3 player was a must have, until smartphones and streaming platforms became so much popular.

Nowadays cellphones are able to perform an incredible amount of tasks, working as a small computed in the palm of your hands, and of course, one of these tasks is being a portable music device.

With apps such as Apple music, Spotify and Deezer, one of the easiest ways to bring music with you is just to install the right app, plug in your headphones and start listening wherever you want.

Of course this usually means that you need to stay connected to the internet and many people actually prefer this access to unlimited amounts of music but through the internet, rather than building a library of music just like the ipod did.

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